Good News? Housing Prices Now Rising at a Less Meteoric Pace

Neil Irwin takes an optimist's view toward recent data that show a slowing rate of increase for the price of housing in many parts of the country: "the new data offer hints that a disastrous era for housing may be ending."
August 27, 2014, 5am PDT | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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Neil Irwin analyzes recent data from the S.&P./Case-Shiller home price index, which "showed prices rose 8.1 percent in 20 major cities in the 12 months ended in June, the lowest rate of increase since 2012."

While some might see some reason for concern in the news that the housing market might be slowing, Irwin makes the point that maybe the new data is a sign that national forces will no longer have such a powerful and irrational influence on the housing market: "Home prices can’t rise faster than incomes forever. So if the trend of the last few months continues, and the rate of price increases continues to come down to earth, it will be a sign that maybe, just maybe, we’ve put this long, horrible boom-bust cycle behind us."

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Published on Tuesday, August 26, 2014 in New York Times - The Upshot
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